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Salt

Gayle Silkwood, Office Manager for GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our team continues to work on Biblical Extension Courses in the Thai language. Our Thai staff uses the term “Kitchen of God’s Word” for this series. “Kitchen of God’s Word” refers to the way each pastor can use his own style and “flavors” to present delicious truths as we feast on God’s Word.

The following two-part session teaches about the value of salt. We invite you to share in the blessing from Pastor Jeerasak Saelee.

Media: The Language of My People

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Cairo is a mega city on the northern tip of Africa. Her people are a unique mixture of both Middle Eastern and African cultures. In the land of pyramids and pharaohs, situated in the middle of a desert, rises a bustling and dynamic city, rich in heritage and new in context. Everyone has a smartphone, and with Google Maps available, businesses like Uber allow thousands to move about without a car or mass transit system.

Media has also become sophisticated there, as it is around the world. As one new GNPI partner explained, “Mike, I am asking the Lord to help me understand media, because it is the language of my people.”

A conference has launched a complex media and discipleship-making effort (and ultimately successful church planting) in this region of the world. Another group meets regarding the follow-up print and social media strategies for the serialization of The Global Gospel for the five to eight million children in the region.

Finally, networking takes place in another North African country where workers have developed an effective online prayer movement which has been powering a media strategy over the last few years. Second and third-generation church plants comprise the beginning of a movement.

As birds sing in the calmness of the cool morning to begin what will be another hot, busy summer day in Cairo, may we too sing praises to God. He is doing marvelous things here and all around the world.

 

Prayers & Praises

“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him . . . .” — Psalm 37:7 (NIV)

A Strategic Tool: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Our team worked with ministry partner Ajai Lall to create a video for the Day of Prayer on August 13 for the Evangelical Fellowship of India. We are thankful to be able to use media as a strategic tool to unite people across this nation.”

The Right Person: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, says, “Please join us as we pray for the right person to be the regional director at this office. We have appreciated Dennis Okoth and his willingness to serve here in the interim.”

New Topics: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “We are working on a new series of lessons for Faith Matters, too! The topics our host wants to cover are: Why Lord? (Why does He allow illnesses, and where is He in times of disasters?), Happy Dreams (The Filipino’s dream of a happy family and good career), Negative Emotions (Dealing with Jealousy, Backbiting, Bashing, and Prejudice), and Time for Everything (Teaching based on Ecclesiastes 3). Please pray the Lord will continue to use this series to help viewers grow closer to the Lord.”

Biblical Teaching: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “Please pray for us as we complete the recordings for the marriage lessons with Pecos and Lynda Inchaustegui. We are thankful to work with these teachers and for the chance to encourage couples with biblical teaching.”

Deaf Ministry Resources: Jesus and Michelle Zuniga of Con Mis Manos (With My Hands Ministry) shared, “Our staff and students are so excited to work with the team at GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, on The Global Gospel in sign language. There are hardly any resources to share the Gospel with hearing impaired people in Latin America.”

Personal to National Influence

  • Posted On August 11, 2017
  • Categorized In Projects
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Isaac Masiga, Regional Director of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya

God has given us opportunities for personal discipleship and national influence.

The Yunami app is designed to encourage personal spiritual growth in Africans. This app includes Swahili content and is available at the App Store and Google Play Store.

Our team also continues to work with 47 faith-based broadcasters from all over Kenya. Working with this broadcast group has opened new opportunities for us to reach millions of people with biblical content.

Full Effort

Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico

Our team is finishing the first part of The Global Gospel in sign language. We were inspired by the commitment of our ministry partners to share the Gospel. We were also impressed to see the excitement of the deaf students who participated in this project.

In September we plan to travel to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, to record the second and last part of this project.

 

Best Biblical Content

Mike Schrage, Executive Director

Nicosia is a quiet city of 250,000 in Cyprus. As time marches on, it is a strategic city for business as well as Gospel proclamation. Turkey is in the distance, and the airport in Larnaca, Lebanon, is only a half-hour flight away while Cairo is an hour-long flight away.

Cyprus is in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region of the world. A member of the EU (European Community), it is essentially neutral just as Switzerland is for many countries farther to the west.

GNPI has been seeking new partnerships in this region, and the Lord has provided. A recent trip revealed the thrilling news that The Global Gospel has been well received in the Arabic and Farsi languages, and these versions have been reworked and scripted for television for children.

The program director of a major broadcaster told me that these Jesus Stories were the best biblical content they have ever broadcast. He asked not only for Arabic, but also for the Farsi and Turkish editions of this made-for-kids television series of 13 half-hour episodes.

Contrary to the general news reports, God is working, and it is a joy to be a small part of that story.

Interested in helping us produce the Turkish version? Head to www.gnpi.org/donate and write “Turkish” in the comments box when you make your gift.

Prayers & Praises

“I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”
— Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

Good News in Guatemala: GNPI ministry partner Pablo Perales writes, “Criba, our production about a young man who is at the crossroads of several important life decisions aired on Channel 26 last weekend in Guatemala. Their programming schedule shows they have our other two films, Sin Alternativa and Promesa de Amor in the lineup for the week. This channel is one of the most important of the country with repeaters on various cable systems. Praise the Lord for these opportunities to share the Good News throughout Guatemala.”

National Peace Rally: Isaac Masiga and his team at GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, streamed a live broadcast for the national day of prayer in Kenya last month. Isaac says, “We had a turnout of nearly 50,000 people who came to pray for the country. The event was a prayer rally named National Peace and Destiny of Kenya, and it unified churches from all denominations in Kenya. Please continue to pray for our nation as we hold elections this week.”

God’s Blessing: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, writes, “The Lord blessed our training in the Middle East. We trained 17 young people, and met with a local Christian man who is willing to provide ongoing nurturing, mentoring, and supervision for the team as they work to create and distribute videos to reach the target audience.”

Finish Line: Please pray for the final editing and completion of the funding for the New Angle Media project. A portion of this interactive series for children and their parents launches this month. The finished series will include 10 stories from the Old Testament and 10 stories from the New Testament.

A Highlight: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “Our ministry partners went to one of the Lake Victoria islands last month. A highlight of the trip was seeing one of the local evangelists share the Gospel with the help of a Solar Kit and then baptize three people during that time. We are glad to be a part of what God is doing through these evangelists.”

Fall 2017 Prayer Update

Join us as we praise God for our ministry partners and for the way He is working through our network.

“He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.” — 2 Timothy 1:10 (NLT)

Africa

Varied Opportunities: Isaac Masiga of GNPI-Nairobi, Kenya, says, “Praise the Lord for the varied opportunities we have to share the Gospel. Our team has been working on the Empowering the Church series, the Two as One series on marriage, Humanitarian Leadership Academy projects, youth programs, and outreach programs. Last month we helped with special events when churches united to pray. The GNPI team covered the events and streamed them on social media.”

Addressing Real Issues: Protus Sibukule of Project Nomad-Eldoret, Kenya, says, “Our team recently completed a series of short films for youth, teaching them to conduct themselves in a proper manner based on 1 Timothy 4:12. Pray for God to use this series to connect with people and address the real issues affecting our society.”

Why: Stephen Muturi of GNPI-Mbale, Uganda, writes, “The Why project was released. It’s a three-minute video about sexual purity and is also available on WhatsApp. We are receiving a lot of encouraging feedback on social media. This video will be included on our Solar Kits going forward.”

Creating Impactful Content: Charlene Winfield of Project Nomad-Johannesburg, South Africa, says, “We are currently working on our first short film that touches on God’s provision for His people. Another project is a teaching series encouraging people to get deeper into the Word. The third project is about pastors in rural areas which will create awareness of sound biblical teaching. Pray we can grow together as a team, create content that’s impactful and God-led, and see God working in our country and families.”

Americas

Signs of Inspiration: Gustavo Velázquez of GNPI-Piedras Negras, Mexico, writes, “We finished the second Del Dicho Al Hecho (From Words to Deeds) video series. It’s goal is to encourage faith in action and was made possible by our partner for deaf people With My Hands. The series is inspiring people. Now we are working to complete The Global Gospel in sign language. Please pray it will help many to know Jesus.”

Helping Church Planters: Ministry partner Sergio Alvarado writes, “Project Nomad-Pachuca, Mexico, team members help produce a video of the sermon for a brand new church plant to use every week. The parent church also sends teachers for the children’s classes each week and a preacher monthly (rather than a video sermon). We are thankful to work together to plant churches.”

Exciting Progress: Habacuc Diaz of Project Nomad-Santiago, Chile, says, “I’m excited about what God is doing. We are investing our time in worship music for churches and working with local artists. We also produce micro documentaries on social issues to assist organizations who are helping the homeless people in our city. In addition, we create resources to help teach the Bible in area congregations.”

Asia

One Hundredth Episode: Nenette Pacoli of GNPI-Manila, Philippines, writes, “Praise the Lord for helping us to complete the 100th episode of Faith Matters, too! The scriptwriter has received lots of good feedback from individuals, churches, and colleges, including the head of the Asia Theological Seminary. These three-minute devotionals designed to bring the Word of God straight to mobile phones for busy commutes or end of the day reflections. Topics range from the importance of personal reflection, family relationships, conflict, camaraderie, to the importance of Sabbath rest.”

Excellent Training: Timothy P. of GNPI-SE Asia writes, “Praise the Lord! We have finished our month-long leadership training. We had 10 trainees, and it was excellent. The president of a Bible school attended the training and said these lessons should be taught among preachers. He plans to teach these lessons at his school so students will become more effective in reaching others for Christ.”

Changed Lives: Gayle Silkwood of GNPI-Chiang Mai, Thailand, writes, “Praise the Lord for His work in the life of this young lady. You can watch Jumm’s testimony with English subtitles by clicking here to find out how she changed from a rebellious, lost girl to a beautiful, talented young woman who freely shares her Christian faith through the elegant art of Thai dancing. Interestingly, after we released Jumm’s testimony, her story became known on YouTube. She received an invitation to go on tour in May with a Thai dancing troupe. They performed at eleven venues in eight countries throughout Europe. Jumm was also our program host several months ago when our team traveled to Laos for a story about a Christian deaf ministry. Click here to watch it.

India

Godly Inspiration: Manee Massey of GNPI-Damoh, India, says, “Every week we publish two short Gospel messages, and we recently produced a popular music video. We were pleased with the response as the music video received 1,000 views online in one day! In addition, the recordings of Sadhu teaching continue to go well; pray for him to have godly inspiration for his vignettes.”

The Father’s Love: Timothy Jai Kumar of Project Nomad-Chennai, India, says, “We are currently working on a project called The Father’s Love. The script was written by one of our team members about the universal truth of the true love of God shown in Jesus. It’s a powerful script to use as a hook to get people to talk about meaning of the whole Message.”

 

Europe

Does God Exist?: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “We are developing new resources, including a book and a training seminar entitled Does God Exist? Our goal is to equip believers to demolish atheistic worldview strongholds in this postcommunist part of the world. Please pray with us for this project and for complete healing of my kidney problem.”

Life Club Morning Show: Sergei Golovin of GNPI-Eurasia writes, “The Lord keeps providing new opportunities for the ministry within our current conditions. We have started a new partnership with the Life Club Morning Show on Channel 5 television. The program is broadcast nationally and then made available online. The episode on the historical veracity of the Resurrection of Jesus received more than 38,500 views! The Lord gave us a commandment in Matthew 10:27,What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.’ Praise His name for technologies that provide the opportunity to carry out this commandment effectively!”

Overall Ministry

Welcome to the Family: GNPI is pleased to welcome our new International Director Mark Johnson. The International Director plays a key role in equipping our global teams with vision, insights, strategies, and professional expertise that allows them to create effective, culturally relevant media for the communities they serve. Thank you for praying with us for a person to fill this position, and please pray for Mark and his wife Lynette during their transition to Joplin.

Investing in Leaders: GNPI participated in a special media training event in the Middle East. Please pray that the investment in key leaders will help them to plant or grow 22 churches in Arab speaking nations.

Praying for Permission: The Global Gospel (TGG) is currently available in 27 languages. Pray for us to be able to receive final permission from the United Bible Society to produce TGG in Creole and to find the right people to record the audio, so Christian workers in Haiti can use this ministry tool.

New Angle Media Momentum: Work on the New Angle Media Project is progressing. Pray for the animation team to work efficiently and creatively on the remaining 19 stories. Pray for the app team as they improve the user interface and app navigation, as well as the data collection components. Pray this project will please God and produce great fruit!

A Tragic Loss: Mark Allen, our dear friend, colleague, and Project Nomad Coordinator, passed away June 17 as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Texas. He was on his way to visit his parents in Arizona for Father’s Day. Mark has been a great asset to the ministry for the last two years with his professional expertise and joyful spirit. Please join us in praying for Mark’s wife, Lorri, his parents, the eight Nomad teams, and hundreds of trainees Mark was mentoring.

All Possible Means

Manee Massey, Regional Director of GNPI-Damoh, India

Our team is sharing the Gospel in a variety of ways throughout India. We released a sermon series from a preacher who is working in the small house churches of Jabalpur villages with nearly 1,400 people. This Christian brother has a passion for evangelism and requested our help. We have also been working on a cable TV program with several other preachers. We pray that God will use these messages to strengthen believers to share the Truth with others.

Visit our website to see the rest of the messages.

We are also reaching out to Hindus with Gospel teaching from Sadhu Nityanand, a former Brahmin priest. We set up a Facebook page for him, and we had a great response. His YouTube channel has already grown to more than 500 subscribers. We’ve received many requests for messages in English, so we are making plans to produce these soon. Sadhu is also writing songs and composing music.

Finally, we have completed several new Christian music videos. We post them on YouTube and share them through WhatsApp with youth groups in our local churches. The youth are enjoying the videos and sharing them with friends. The music videos will be used by small house groups and for personal one-to-one sharing. Click here to see one of them.

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” — 1 Corinthians 9:22 (NIV)

 

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